Unarrested: the decline of the Philippine National Police’s image and reputation

It helps to recall one of the tongue-in-cheek comments I heard when I was much younger: In Italy, they have the Mafia. In Japan, they have the Yakuza. In the Philippines, they have the national police! It shouldn’t be that hard to deduce that the above passage is referring to each country’s organized crime syndicate. […]

It is never too early to think about the next elections in the Philippines

It is never too early to think about the next elections, if you’re a politician. After you get into power and are in a position to either do the most good for your constituents or yourself, you have to think about keeping that streak of “doing good” going for as long as you can. You […]

President Aquino needs more than mantras and prayers to be spared from criticism

Once again, we find Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III lamenting the “negativism” from the local media: “Negativism has continued in the media. It is as if there is no controversial issue, media coverage becomes boring,” Aquino said in his speech aired over state-run Radyo ng Bayan. “There were some who were very good […]

The Noy who cried wolf

No doubt that many of you have heard of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, one of Aesop’s fables. A shepherd boy repeatedly tricks villagers nearby into thinking that wolves are attacking his flock. When the wolves do come along, he cries for help once again, but the villagers do not believe him anymore. Thus, the […]

Why Noynoy Aquino has and does not have to be at every crisis site

In light of the earthquake that struck the province of Bohol, parts of Cebu, and other neighboring areas last October 15, 2013, President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino is reportedly going to visit the crisis sites today, October 16. The word going around is that a big motivator for him to visit the sites so soon […]

Faster than a speeding bullet – Noynoy Aquino to the rescue?

It’s been 8 hours or so since an earthquake struck Bohol, Cebu, and some other parts of the Visayas region in the Philippines. Netizens were quick to post pictures of the aftermath in social media, and news reports keep coming in regarding the extent of the damage wrought, and the number of lives lost in […]

When Social Media Ain’t Sosyal

A friend sent me a text message on the afternoon of October 4, the day when the second Million People March was supposed to have happened. “Hir na mi, wr na u?” (Translation, “I’m already here, where are you?”) I read the message while I was being kneaded and pummeled on a massage chair at […]